Create a wildlife friendly garden

If you’re fortunate enough to have a garden, a yard or a balcony at home, why not transform it into a wildlife friendly garden and reap the rewards;

  • connecting with nature

  • conserving local native plants and animals

  • reducing garden maintenance costs

  • decreasing gardening and time commitments

  • making our urban areas more ecologically sustainable.

Paying attention to what you plant, where you plant it and how you feed it, can all have a dramatic impact on attracting local wildlife; including birds, bats, lizards, frogs, butterflies and other insects.

Here are some quick and easy ways to turn your outside space into a thriving natural habitat;

  1. Plant native trees, ground cover and shrubs. Larger plants should be complemented by ground covers, grasses and small dense shrubs, as dense undergrowth provides protection for small birds and reptiles like blue-tongue lizards.

  2. Choose plants like eucalyptus and lemon scented gums that provide food for possums as well as providing food for flying-foxes in the form of nectar and pollen

  3. Place possum boxes in a safe high place in your yard.

  4. Place a pond in a sheltered spot to provide water for birds and habitat for frogs.

  5. Provide large rocks for habitat for lizards.

  6. Allow mulch to build up as this will decrease the need for water and provide feeding opportunities and nesting material for ground birds and small mammals.

  7. Grassed areas are attractive for some bird species.

  8. Talk to your neighbours about planting to increase habitat in your local area.

  9. If you use netting & fencing, please only use wildlife safe netting and wildlife safe fencing.

  10. Don’t use any chemicals and pesticides in your garden. You might only be planning to kill snails but if native animals eat the poisoned snails they can be poisoned as well. Instead please use only safe, natural, non-chemical alternatives for pest control and cleaning e.g. white vinegar and baking soda.

  11. Providing a simple birdbath in a place that is safe from cats. These need to be cleaned regularly and they should only be shallow, or have twigs inside so that the birds can easily climb out.

  12. Leave leaf litter in your garden to attract insects and lizards and leave safe dead trees and hollowed limbs of live trees in your garden as nesting sites for birds.

Intensive agriculture, urbanisation and climate change are all having a devastating impact on native flora and fauna; sharing your outdoor space can make a big difference.